Pamela Wright of Scotland shot an LPGA season-best six-under-par 64 yesterday to charge from five shots off the pace into a three-way share of the lead after three rounds of the Atlantic City Classic in Somers Point, N.J.
The round of seven birdies and a bogey also set a course record at the Sands Country Club and tied her with Dale Eggeling and second-round co-leader Chris Johnson at five-under-par 205.
The 64 is one stroke better numerically than rounds recorded by five other LPGA players this year. However, Pat Bradley, Colleen Walker, Rosie Jones and Dottie Mochrie all had better subpar rounds, each recording seven-under-par 65s this year.
Johnson, who is looking for her first victory since 1987, had a four-stroke lead halfway through the third round, but blew it with three bogeys on the way home. She finished at 69.
Eggeling, who has not won since 1980, had a consistent round. She started two strokes behind Johnson and coleader Sherri Steinhauer and turned in a bogeyless round of 67.
Almost lost in the battle up front was the quiet move made by defending champion Nancy Lopez, who is still looking for her first victory this year. She made three birdies and a bogey to fashion a 68 that moved her within two strokes of the lead.
Robin Walton, Nancy Brown and Lenore Rittenhouse were four shots behind the leaders at one-under-par, while Ayako Okamoto and former winner Juli Inkster were at par.
Seniors: In Syracuse, Mike Hill recovered from two double bogeys to finish with three straight birdies to tie defending champion Jim Dent for the second-round lead in the Syracuse Senior Classic.
Hill and Dent each shot 67 and were at 11-under-par 133 after 36 holes.